While we love the magic or adventure of the theme parks, Orlando has more to offer than you may realize. Here are some other outstanding attractions students will love!
WonderWorks is an experience (or experiment!) in fun like no other. As soon as the building is visible, it’s clear that things are not as they seem! The upside-down façade is explained to guests as a “once top-secret laboratory located in the Bermuda Triangle” in which an experiment gone wrong landed it in its current destination- upended!
Inside, the atmosphere at WonderWorks is charged with fun, excitement and more than 100 interactive displays and exhibits. Science is at the heart of the experience, and all the activities are geared for maximum play.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not®
Ripley’s Believe It or Not® is an astonishing collection originating from the private coffers of Robert Ripley (1890-1949). Ripley spent 35 years traveling to 201 countries seeking “the odd, the unusual, and the unexplained.” These unique acquisitions are the foundation of the Ripley’s attractions.
Ripley’s features every macabre or ridiculous item conceivable, as well as many that you won’t be able to wrap your brain around! Displays are a careful conglomerate of “the strange, the shocking, and the beautiful”- you may find a shrunken head, a micro-miniature sculpture or a 22-foot tall car parts robot. Students will love the interactive nature of the displays and the unexpected surprises around every corner.
Ready to ride without the crazy lines? Fun Spot offers thrills and excitement right in the heart of International Drive. Featuring Florida’s tallest wooden coaster, Fun Spot also boasts the world’s tallest Skycoaster, patented-designed, multi-level go-kart tracks, incredible attractions and a midway packed with the classic games everyone loves. It truly is a great spot for family-friendly fun!
Holy Land Experience
The Holy Land Experience brings 2000 years of history to Orlando in this spectacular, interactive Bible encounter. Authentic sights, sounds and tastes of ancient Jerusalem greet you as you pass through the gates of the walled city. It’s a deeply moving, historically significant and undeniably inspirational living Biblical museum. Faith based groups, homeschool families and others will want to add the Holy Land Experience to the “must do” list of Orlando attractions!
When the group is ready for adventure, Wild Florida is up for the challenge! Tucked away in the headwaters of the Florida Everglades and just a short drive from Orlando, Wild Florida is a hidden gem. U.S. Coast Guard certified airboats skim the waters for an up-close view of alligators, wild hogs, turkey and more. The Gator and Wildlife Park has more than 200 hundred exotic animals on display as well as interactive programs – perfect for students!